Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Students of linguistics do not necessarily seek fluency in a second or third language. Instead, they study the components that make up any given language - the syntax, the grammar, the regional differences, the slang, the pronunciations, the symbols, the changes over time, how people learn a language, and more.

At UWM, Linguistics students can opt for a broad linguistics minor which will touch on all aspects of language development and learning. Or, students can choose an applied linguistics minor which will focus more on using the principles of linguistics in a business setting such as in the classroom to help students learn a second language, in a social service agency that deals with illiteracy, or at a software company working on search engine optimization terms.

Many students find that acquiring advanced fluency in a second or third language beyond their native tongue is helpful for understanding the commonalities and differences between languages. However, no additional foreign language is required beyond the standard requirement for Letters & Science majors: four years in high school of the same language or four semesters in college of the same language.

Requirements

Students must complete at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including transfer work.

General Linguistics Minor Option

Basic Requirements
LINGUIS 350Introduction to Linguistics3
LINGUIS 430Language and Society3
Select one of the following:3
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Phonology
Introduction to Syntax
Language in its Various Forms:
Electives
Select 9 credits 19
Total Credits18

Applied Linguistics Minor Option

Basic Requirements
LINGUIS 350Introduction to Linguistics3
LINGUIS 420Introduction to Second Language Acquisition3
LINGUIS 430Language and Society3
ANTHRO/LINGUIS 570Issues in Bilingualism3
Select one of the following:3
First Language Acquisition
Introduction to Phonology
Introduction to Syntax
Language in its Various Forms:
Introduction to Adult/University Level TESOL
Electives
Select 3 credits 13
Total Credits18